§ 44. Mr. John Morrison
asked the Minister of Health to what causes he attributes the recent increase in cases of food poisoning.
§ Mr. Bevan
No precise answer can be given. But more information is being received, analysis of which may throw further light on the causes of the increase. So far as concerns pre-war figures, I should point out that the apparent increase is probably largely due to increased information and investigation.
§ Mr. Morrison
Can the Minister say whether he has gone into the details of food kept in cold storage over long periods? Does he not think that that has something to do with it?
§ Mr. Peter Freeman
Would my right hon. Friend consider what steps can be taken to make the facts of such food poisoning public, as they are often suppressed both in respect of the nature of the food and the reason for the poisoning and as a result the public are not aware of the facts?
§ Mr. Skeffington-Lodge
Will my right hon. Friend agree that the standard of personal hygiene of many people in this country is still deplorably low, and that this has an important bearing on this question?
§ Mr. Hubbard
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the recent series of articles in the "Daily Herald" will go a long way towards the education of the public in this matter?